Copycat Olive Garden Spaghetti Sauce

Copycat Olive Garden Spaghetti SauceIf you love Olive Garden, you might want to check out this Copycat Olive Garden Spaghetti Sauce Recipe! This is really pretty simple to whip up, with minimal ingredients! You can create a delicious dish from the comfort of your home!

So if you are getting hungry like me, here is the recipe along with ingredients you will need! Enjoy this tasty meal!

Copycat Olive Garden Spaghetti Sauce

Note this recipe makes about 3-4 jars of sauce and it freezes great so whip up a batch

and save some it for a night you have no time to cook.

Ingredients:

 3 cans of Crushed Tomatoes (either regular or with basil, oregano and garlic) 28 oz.

sized cans OR 12-15 fresh tomatoes (peeled, chopped and blended in a food

processor)

 4 cloves of garlic

 4 Tablespoons of dried basil

 1 ½ tsp of Black pepper

 1 -2 TBSP of Sugar (optional) – this takes out the bitterness and makes it a little sweet

 2 TSBP olive oil

 ⅓ cup of grated Parmesan or Romano Cheese

 Minced Green Peppers (optional)

Copycat Olive Garden Spaghetti SauceDirections:

1. Heat the olive oil in a 5+ qt. pot over medium heat, and add the chopped or pressed

garlic.

2. Heat for one to two minutes, making sure not to burn the garlic, then add all the

tomatoes, black pepper, basil and sugar. Stirring often, bring to a low boil.

3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2-3 hours stirring often.

4. For the first half of the simmer time, do so with the pot uncovered, then cover.

5. Add the cheese, stir in and simmer for an additional 5 minutes or so.

6. Enjoy!!

Hope if you make this recipe, that you and your family enjoy it!

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Copycat Wendy’s Chili Recipe – Nice and Hearty Chili!

Copycat Wendy's Chili Recipe Awhile back we had a few days where it was in the 50’s and rainy and dreary out, and it made me get in the mood for some chili. I mean even though it is the middle of summer it sure didn’t feel like it here! So I decided to make a Copycat Wendy’s Chili recipe. I love their chili, it is SO good, and really nice and hearty, and has just a bit of heat in it.

Now they use old hamburgers and chop them up, for the meat in the chili. The reason I know that is I worked at Wendy’s for a short while when I was a teen. So I knew when making this chili, I wouldn’t grind up my meat as small as what I normally do. This recipe has it’s own chili seasoning you whip up, this would also be good in other chili recipes as well!

Copycat Wendy's Chili Recipe

Ingredients: 
2 lb Ground Beef
2-  28 oz Diced Tomatoes in Juice
1- 16 oz Kidney Beans drained
1 -15 oz Pinto Beans drained
1 small onion finely diced up
1/2 cup celery diced up
1/2 cup green bell pepper diced up

Shredded Sharp Cheese for topping (optional)

Oyster or Regular Crackers (optional)

Chili Seasoning: 

3 tbsp Chili Powder
1 tsp white sugar
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregeno

Copycat Wendy's Chili Recipe

How to Make: 

1. Brown your ground beef and drain off grease. 
2. Then in a big pot, add your meat, veggies, and chili seasoning, toss in all your beans and tomatoes. 
3. Bring the chili to a boil, allow to boil for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to simmer, and cook for 4 hours or longer. Make sure to stir the chili around 30 minutes per hour. 
4.  If you want you can add cheese on top and serve with crackers, these two are optional. 
 

As you can see this recipe is really pretty easy to whip up. The only thing that takes a little time is chopping up the veggies!  This recipe taste very similar to Wendy’s Chili! Hope if you make this you will enjoy it!

 

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Copycat Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread – Easy and Affordable to Make!

Copycat Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread

I love Starbucks, but we live over an hour away from one, which is totally sad! I had to go online and search and search and I finally found a good Copycat Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread recipe to try out. It turned out really good, and I love the walnuts on top of the bread, it adds so much dimension! It is a lot cheaper to make this vs. buy it, but hey we all gotta splurge every now and again on things to treat ourselves!

If you love their bread or are like me and live too far away, you might want to give this recipe a go! I hope you enjoy it, I know I sure did! I love Starbucks Copycat recipes!!

Walnut Banana Bread

Ingredients: 

3 mashed over-ripe bananas (you want it to be about 1 cup mashed)
1/3 cup margarine
2 tbs milk
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups flour ( I used white but you can also use Bread Flour)
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chopped walnuts (divide into 1/2 cups. One goes in the mix and other half goes on top of bread)

Directions: 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. I used my KitchenAid Stand Mixer for this recipe, but you are welcome to used a hand mixer. I tossed in my banana’s whole and turned the mixer on, it did a great job of mashing up all the banana’s. 
2. Once bananas are good and mashed (I use a fork in a bowl and mash), I added in the margarine and sugar, mix well then toss in eggs and milk. 
3. I slowly began to add in the dry mix a little at a time. Once it is well mixed toss in 1/2 cup of the chopped walnuts. 
4. Once it is well mixed pour into a greased bread pan. Then sprinkle the other 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts on top of the bread. 
5. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or stick a toothpick in the center of the bread and if it comes out clean it is done. It will be a nice golden brown color. Allow to cool on a wire rack. 
 
NOTE: Depending on where you live and altitude the cooking time can vary. 

Copycat Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread Hope you all enjoy this recipe!! It is pretty easy to whip up, and makes a great snack or breakfast!

 

 

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Copycat Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade

Copycat Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade

If you love Starbucks and are addicted to their drinks, or like me and live hours away from one, you might be interested in this Copycat Recipe! You can make a Copycat Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade, in your kitchen, on the cheap! We all know Starbucks rocks, but their prices are high! So if you want a fun drink this summer, you might want to try out this recipe!

Very easy to whip up, and you don’t even have to leave your home to get it! Only unless you don’t have all the ingredients on hand ;-)!Copycat Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade

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Ingredients:

2 Tazo Passion Tea Bags
2 cups water
2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp vanilla 
1/2 cup Lemonade (I used Simply Lemonade) 
 

How to Make: 

 1. Bring Water to a Boil
2. Remove from heat and add the two tea bags, sugar and vanilla. Give it a tiny stir.
3. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
4. Remove tea bags and put into a container with a lid, and put in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
5. Once it has cooled and been in fridge, time to make your drink. Add 1 cup tea, and  1/4 cup lemonade, and ice. 
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Copycat Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade

This recipe does make more than one drink! So you can just keep the extra tea in the fridge and the Lemonade, and then mix them together when you are craving this drink!

I have to drive a little over an hour to get to our closest Starbucks, so it is nice to have Copycat recipes to make and enjoy when I can’t get to one! I am gonna have to try and make a Java Chip Frap, cause that is my absolute favorite drink from Starbucks!

What is your favorite drink from Starbucks? 

 
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